Our City of Colors | Representing Ethnic LGBTQ

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Esther Frid holds "El Atardecer de la Vida," a book she wrote about the stories of seven senior Latin American women living in Canada

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The Metro Vancouver area is home to a great variety of ethnic communities; additionally, there is also a strong LGBTQ community. Rarely, however, have these two vibrant and unique communities been able to interact in a meaningful and informative manner. It would be fair to say that many ethnic communities lack exposure and access to LGBTQ issues and information, and there is an unspoken taboo that remains within many ethnic and immigrant groups regarding these issues.

To that end, Our City of Colors aims to change the trend of silence in the ethnic LGBTQ community by creating posters which feature LBGTQ members of the Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Punjabi communities, which are the top four ethnic groups in Metro Vancouver. They aim to put these posters up on street lamp posts in Coquitlam, Surrey, Burnaby, and North Van, and they will also been seen in coffee shops, community centers, libraries, and thrift stores. The ultimate goal for Our City of Colors is to put up these posters in every public space possible.

Currently they are looking for models to help be featured in their campaign. Members of the Chinese, Korean, Persian, or Punjabi communities who identify as gay, lesbian, or otherwise queer are welcome to contact Our City of Colors at ourcityofcolours@gmail.com. More information is available at Our City of Colors Facebook page.

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